viernes, 9 de noviembre de 2012

Kirchner opponents repeat protests in Argentina

"Tens of thousands" of Argentinians protested on 8 November in Buenos Aires and other cities against insecurity, inflation, corruption and the policies of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, repeating the protests organized in Septemberthe daily Clarín reported on 9 November. It observed that these protests were "directed principally against" Kirchner, who many Argentines suspect may wish to serve a third presidential term. She is not allowed by law to serve a third consecutive term and the government has said nothing about plans to alter the constitution to allow this, but suspicions evidently persisted. Police reportedly counted some 30,000 people outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires in the evening, while Clarín, a daily unsympathetic to Kirchner, reported "massive demonstrations" not just in the capital but in cities including Córdoba, Mendoza and San Miguel de Tucumán, without citing figures. The government noted the support of some opposition politicians for the protests including of the mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri who was reportedly in the crowd. The speaker of Argentina's lower legislative chamber Julián Domínguez observed on 9 November that mobilisations "for negative sentiments are not good for" Argentina and would not strengthen institutions, the state agency Telam reported. Kirchner in turn defended her policies at a gathering in the presidential palace on 9 November, as a "political project of inclusion, even of those who disagree," Telam reported. On 7 November, a power outage left some 1.5 million residents of central Buenos Aires without electricity for over two hours, also halting the metro and utilities and causing traffic jams, Europa Press reported on 8 November. Work in parliament and government offices was also affected. The planning minister Julio de Vido said on 8 November that the government would investigate prior to possible legal action, and insisted there had been "no problem with energy supplies or generation," Europa Press reported. He said "we cannot blame the heat...we notice the hour, the place and the demand, which was half what that line could convey." November is late spring in Argentina.

Mexican president-elect to meet with Obama

Mexico's President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieta congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election on 7 November writing a message on the website Twitter, and was expected to meet with Obama in the United States on 27 November. Peña Nieto is to take office on 1 December. The foreign policy coordinator in his transitional team Emilio Lozoya told CNN in September that it made no difference to Peña Nieto which candidate won in the United States as economics were the priority in the states' relations. He told CNNMéxico on 6 November that job creation was the main concern for both countries and would positively affect security. One objective in this context he said would be to work on maximising "productive integration" in the North American block, including better exploitation of Mexican infrastructures, a "port plan" and a "much more intelligent frontier." He touted economic integration as an indirect means of resolving the problem of illegal migration toward the United States.

Ten reported killed around Mexico, traffickers held

Ten people were reported killed or found dead in six states around Mexico on 8 November, the review Proceso reported. One of the dead, apparently strangled and beaten to death, was found in the morning in the very busy Distribuidor Juárez intersection of the north-central city of San Luis Potosí, where public messages from unspecified drug cartels were also displayed. In Sonora a 17-year-old schoolboy was injured in the face as gunmen fired shots at the family car driving to school; he was reportedly recovering in hospital. Separately, a day after she was kidnapped, the mother of a regional legislator from Guerrero in western Mexico was freed; she was left by a building on the road between Zihuatanejo and Acapulco in Guerrero, though it was not immediately clear if a ransom had been paid, Proceso reported on 8 November. Authorities also announced the arrests of three drug traffickers on 7 November, one of whom was already reported as detained the previous summer. They were identified as the head of The Zetas cartel in the northern city of Saltillo where he was arrested, a presumed member of The Zetas dubbed El Chikano detained in the city of Aguascalientes, and a leader of the Cartel del Centro named as Benicio Flores Hernández - El Benny.  He was detained in Tlalnepantla in Estado de México where the cartel works, Proceso reported. It was not immediately clear why he was arrested twice. Flores reportedly ran the cartel's trafficking in the districts of Tlalnepantla, Atizapán and part of Ecatepec in Estado de México from 2011, the year the cartel's chief was reportedly arrested.